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Could birth control really help acne?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes: The oral contraceptive pill, if it's right for a lady, often clears her. Remember that acne's a chronic disease that eventually self-cures and needs to be managed until that happens.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Can birth control pills help acne?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Yes, some do: Please look up the name of the drug you might take. Common and serious side effects of many oral contraceptives can be found here: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginformation.Html (full disclosure: this is from medline of the nlm. I was on the board of directors of friends of the national library of medicine when it launched medline. Py).
A 32-year-old member asked:

What type of birth control helps acne?

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Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
Most with estrogen: Most combination birth control methods (combined birth control pills, the patch, and the ring) help acne for most women. Progestin-only methods (the shot, the implant, and sometimes the hormone iud)can make acne worse.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Can using birth control help clear your acne?

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Dr. Arlo Miller
Dermatology 15 years experience
Definitely: There are several oral birth control pills that have been proven to be very effective for acne. Ortho-tryclen is one of the best for this, and is now quite inexpensive. Especially if your acne worsens around your periods, this can be a really good option for you.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Does birth control help acne? If so, how?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Contraceptive pill: The oral contraceptive pill stops the pituitary gland from making gonadotropins that in some women are prone to stimulate androgen production. It's actually more complicated than this or than I understand, but it clears many women and has other health benefits as well as risks. Ask if it's right for you.
A 27-year-old member asked:

Could birth control pills help treat acne?

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Dr. Margaret Mann
Dermatology 19 years experience
Yes: Since hormones play a role in the development of acne, regulating these hormone fluctuations with birth control pills can help treat acne. This is particularly true in women who notice worsen acne flare-ups with their period. Certain birth control brands such as Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) and yasmin have specific anti-androgen (anti-testosterone) effects which are quite effective for acne.

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